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Karnataka private school teachers lose jobs

Karnataka: 35,000 private school teachers lose jobs

June 24, 2020

More than 35,000 private school teachers in Karnataka lose jobs, according to reports. Since most parents are unable to pay the school fees due to the financial crisis as a result of Covid-19, this has lead to no new admission. There have also been an increase in digital teaching platforms, for which the teachers have been asked to resign.

The teachers have been sending out messages on social media platforms asking parents to pay fees. SR Umashankar, principal secretary to government, primary and secondary education said, “The Karnataka government is aware of the situation. Private schools are demanding to collect fees to pay teachers. But parents are in no position to pay educational institutions.We are trying to find a solution.”

D Shashikumar, general secretary, Karnataka associated managements of primary and secondary schools said about the Karnataka private school teachers who lost jobs, “Private schools across the state have sacked 35,000 teachers. A majority of them were working in nursery and primary schools.”

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court pondered on the thought of how the TN government can expect the private education institutions to pay salaries to their staff if they cannot collect even minimum fees. The HC directed the Tamil Nadu government to respond to the plea filed against the state’s order of April 20 prohibiting collection of fees. 

Justice R Mahadevan said, “It is the policy decision of the TN government that all private education institutions should pay salaries to their teaching and non-teaching staff but if they are prohibited from collecting even minimum fees, how can the government expect them to pay the salaries, especially when most institutions are conducting online classes?”

Also read: How can TN government expect private institutions to pay salaries if they cannot collect fees?: Madras HC

Source: TNN

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